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Shelter-in-place is the process utilizing a physical structure or building to temporarily shelter individuals from a hazardous outdoor environment. Some examples are wildfires, hazardous weather, utility emergencies, chemical or biological threats, radiological releases or explosives.

Hazardous Weather Shelter-In-Place Protocol:

  • Under severe weather watch conditions, suspend any outdoor activities and designate an individual to monitor weather conditions for potential warning conditions
  • Under severe weather warning conditions, move to appropriate shelter-in-place location(s)
  • Take shelter in first floor hallways, interior classrooms, and interior offices
  • Move away from outside windows and doors, and avoid objects that could become projectiles
  • Assume kneeling position with head between the knees and hands/arms covering head
  • Avoid sheltering underneath heavier objects that may fall
  • Report injured or trapped individuals to first responders

Outdoor Hazardous Material/Utilities Shelter-In-Place Protocol:

  • Move to appropriate shelter-in-place locations
  • Close all windows and air conditioning vents and, if possible, turn off/disable heating and cooling units
  • Do not turn on any lights or electrical equipment
  • Seal windows and doors to restrict the entry of any contaminated outside air
  • Report injured or trapped individuals to first responders
  • Once shelter-in-place is activated, remain in that condition until an “all clear” is issued